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Trump doubles DeSantis in GOP primary, both beat Biden: poll

Roughly 57% of Republicans and independents believe that Trump will ultimately win the primary.

Published: March 28, 2023 3:28pm

Updated: March 28, 2023 4:35pm

Former President Donald Trump stands far ahead of his Republican rivals in the race for the party nomination and even appears positioned to overtake President Joe Biden in a 2024 rematch.

Trump took 50% support among Republican voters, just over double the 24% for Florida Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis in the latest Harvard/Harris poll. Former Vice President Mike Pence came in third with 7%, while former U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley took 5% support.

Of those four, only Trump and Haley have announced their candidacies. Should Trump drop his campaign, DeSantis stands as the party's obvious second choice, earning 45% support to nearest contender Pence's 13%.

Roughly 57% of Republicans and Independents believe that Trump will ultimately win the primary, however. Sixty percent of Democrats and independents thought Biden would claim his party's nomination.

Against the president, Trump enjoys a somewhat more modest advantage, claiming 45% support among respondents to Biden's 41%. DeSantis enjoyed a comparable lead over the president, 44% to 41%.

While the survey revealed that the public generally expects a 2020 rematch, voters remain wary of such a contest, with 60% of respondents saying Biden should not run again. Fifty-five percent said the same of Trump.

Ben Whedon is an editor and reporter for Just the News. Follow him on Twitter.

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